GSMA says low power mobile IoT networks now available from all leading operators worldwide

GSMA has announced that mobile IoT or low power wide area (LPWA) networks are now available across the globe in licenced spectrum in 49 markets.

This move follows 93 launches by 50 different mobile operators across both LTE-M and NB-IoT and the coverage is now likely to reach nearly 93% of the total IoT markets by Q2-2019. The GSMA Intelligence forecast suggests that there will be 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections by 2025,...

By Telecoms, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Chinese cyberattacks against the US have resumed

Following a few years of decreased Chinese cyberattacks against the US, a new report from CrowdStrike indicates a resumption in hacking activities.

CrowdStrike’s annual Global Threat Report highlights notable changes in the cybersecurity sphere. This year’s report, titled ‘Adversary Tradecraft and the Importance of Speed’, notes China is collecting intelligence for its ‘Made in China 2025’...

UK think tank warns Huawei 5G participation would be ‘naive'

UK security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has warned allowing Huawei to participate in 5G would be 'naive' and ‘irresponsible’.

The RUSI is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. In its report, the institute highlights Beijing’s history of using cyberattacks on the West to advance Chinese interests.

Huawei has long been accused of being controlled by the Chinese state and Western officials have warned it would be...

Satellite: Bridging the digital divide between urban and rural communities

Opinion Despite significant investment over the years, there are still ‘black spots’ in connectivity – not only in rural areas, but even in the heart of London. With data-intensive applications an expected part of mobile life, these black spots can have significant implications.

For instance, a business looking to relocate within the UK will most likely make the level of connectivity...

By Evan Dixon, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Networks, Satellite, Wireless.

Huawei founder: "There's no way the US can crush us"

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said “there’s no way the US can crush” his firm, in response to American calls on allies to ban Chinese 5G equipment.

America has long taken a hardline stance against Huawei which predates the Trump administration. Trump’s government has increased pressure on allies to ban Huawei equipment which some claim to be part of the wider ‘trade war’ against China.

Zhengfei made the comment in an interview with the BBC,...

Spark’s Cat-M1 IoT network now covers 98% of New Zealand’s population

New Zealand-based Spark has announced the completion of deployment of its IoT cellular (Cat-M1) network across the country, making it the first telecommunications firm to complete nationwide rollout of Cat-M1 network in the country.

Deployed since September 2018 on more than 96% of the company’s mobile sites, the Cat-M1 network now covers 98% of the country’s population. This network is especially designed for low...

By Telecoms, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Vodafone 5G lifts off at Manchester Airport in public trial

Vodafone has launched a 5G service at Manchester airport in a public trial demonstrating the latest generation network's advantages.

Users connect to a portable 5G router Vodafone calls a ‘Gigacube’ located in Manchester’s terminal one. Gigacube makes use of Massive MIMO to enable multiple transmit and receive signals.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

“We are delighted to support Vodafone’s 5G trial at Manchester Airport....

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Opinion: How to combat the threat to 5G networks

For the telecoms industry, 2019 is the year of 5G. Service providers are in a race to rollout 5G services that will empower the next generation of smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). With its massive increase in bandwidth speeds, ultra-low latency, and dramatic expansion in geographic coverage, 5G brings vast opportunities, driving a plethora of new IoT use cases and exponential growth in connected devices.

By Lee Chen, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Security.

Russia will unplug from the internet to ensure independence

In the coming months, Russia will unplug from the global internet as part of an experiment to ensure the nation can function without it.

A proposed law called the Digital Economy National Program would require Russian ISPs to ensure they’re able to operate if foreign powers isolate the country.

Organisations which maintain the international DNS system are based around the world, but none are based in Russia. That means, in theory, it would be possible for Russia to be disconnected.

International coalitions such as...